Drip7 is a subscription-based software training platform that evolved from the cybersecurity firm and parent company Stronger International Inc. Working with clients, Drip7 evolved by creating a new solution to create behavior change in cybersecurity training for both large and small organizations. Fundamentally different from the core industry, Drip7 uses memory science individual rewards and gamification to create learning paths and skills development on a continual basis not just once a year. Drip7 is an LLC headquartered in Washington State.
The Drip7 founder, Heather Stratford is a prominent female tech founder who is called upon regularly to educate, interview, and comment on technology news.
In The News
Heather Stratford, published in Spokane Journal of Business:
EMPLOYEE TRAINING IS BEST CYBER CRIME PROTECTION – June 2, 2022
Nothing can bring a business to its knees faster than a cyber breach that compromises connectivity, disrupts processes, or contributes to a loss of funds. Businesses must realize 90% of cyber crime can be traced back to human error, and there will be 6 billion phishing attacks this year targeting businesses of all sizes, according to CyberTalk.org. The only way to make a difference in the current epidemic of cybersecurity attacks is to increase the focus on the people of an organization, not just focusing on the hardware and software systems in place.….
Heather Stratford, quoted in Forbes:
1 YEAR LATER: ACTIONS TAKEN, LESSONS LEARNED SINCE THE COLONIAL PIPELINE CYBERATTACK- May 9, 2022
“The ‘person’ is what needs to be ‘fixed’ or focused on when it comes to cybersecurity awareness, and this change generally does not happen overnight. Changing behavior is built on small incremental improvements, which over time tighten the control limits to improve behavior and minimize risk,” Stratford observed. “It is impossible to lose 30 pounds by going to the gym for an hour in January. Likewise, training employees once a year to improve critical behavior is not achievable through annual check box training…”
Heather Stratford, published in Training Magazine:
HOW CYBERSECURITY TRAINING CAN BETTER REACH EMPLOYEES – November 1, 2021
With so much information being held online, companies have become more vulnerable to breaches and attacks than ever before. The FBI has seen a 400 percent increase in attacks since the start of the pandemic. We see this substantial influx due to the increase in opportunity for cybercriminals. There is no company or organization that is immune to cyber risk. With the changes in circumstances, risks, and opportunities—plus what we know about how people learn—we must start training all employees in ways that are effective, even if they’re ways we have never used before…
Drip7, mentioned in Tech Times:
OLIVE LAUNCHES NEW UNIVERSAL MARKETPLACE, CREATES KEY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL FOR INDUSTRY PIONEERS – October 20, 2021
Extending beyond technology and into consulting, change management, and training solutions, The Library provides access to the largest healthcare brands in the industry.
The Library reduces the burden of investing in marketing efforts and provides developers and partners with a successful distribution channel to sell their products and services to an established customer base actively looking for solutions.…
Drip7, mentioned in SD Times:
OLIVE LAUNCHES APP STORE FOR HEALTHCARE – October 19, 2021
Olive announced the launch of The Library, a healthcare solution marketplace that provides developers, independent software vendors, system integrators, and other partners with a distribution channel to list, sell, and grow within Olive’s ecosystem. The Library is initially launching with the following partners: 10-4.ai, Adaptrack, Advocatia, AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, Centric Consulting, ClosedLoop.ai, DARVIS, Drip7,…
Heather Stratford, interviewed in Spokane Journal of Business:
STRONGER INTERNATIONAL SPINS OFF CYBERSECURITY TRAINING COMPANY – September 9, 2021
The training is gamified to make it more appealing to employees. Each day, the employee must answer a question, called a drip, she says. The drip can be a fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, or true-false question, which can include a video, chart, or other images. Employees earn points with each correct answer; points earned go toward badges.
“It’s a system for an organization to reward their employees and engage them in a way that’s less punitive and less demanding on their time and schedule,” Stratford says….
Heather Stratford, featured on Cybertraps Podcast:
HOW TO TEACH CYBERSECURITY WITH HEATHER STRATFORD – July 22, 2021
In security, education is key, so how do we teach people security principles in an effective way?
- A new phenomenon in the industry around creating.
- Humans are the biggest attack area.
- 2020 was the largest increase in breeches according to FBI.
- Baseline test.
- Most phishing campaigns are individual and unique…
And much more!
Heather Stratford, featured on Instagram Live:
ASK ME ANYTHING WITH DAVID MELTZER – July 21, 2021
Heather Stratford is the Founder and CEO of Drip7, a gamified microlearning training tool for cybersecurity awareness. Heather joined David Meltzer on his Monday morning segment “Ask Me Anything” via Instagram Live to discuss cybersecurity and tips for password management, cyber hygeine, and the importance of backing up your data….
Heather Stratford, published in Security Magazine:
OUTDATED CYBERSECURITY TRAINING ERODES TRUST, HURTS MORE THAN IT HELPS – July 12, 2021
Cyber education started roughly 30 years ago as a technical area for IT professionals, but as technology and the internet expanded, the need for training shifted from the elite few to all employees using computers and accessing files. In the last decade, cyber education shifted to Learning Management System (LMS) driven training with an emphasis on phishing. But despite this, breaches are still on the rise with phishing attacks accounting….
Heather Stratford, published in CEOWORLD Magazine:
AIDING THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY INTHE FIGHT AGAINST CYBERCRIME – May 27, 2021
There are a large number of factors that can contribute to a mistake which can lead to a successful phishing attack — compromising the company. Contributing factors that lead to cyber mistakes include lack of training, overly stressed or hurried employees, unclear processes, new processes with a buyout or merger, distraction, and apathy.
All of these factors can be influenced by an organization. Most organizations don’t want to hold themselves responsible for their employees’ behavior, but in the end they must….
Heather Stratford, interviewed for Thrive Global:
“KEEP LEARNING”, WITH DOUGLAS BROWN AND HEATHER STRATFORD OF DRIP7 – May 15, 2021
“Drip7 was founded because a company needed to create behavior change around cybersecurity in their organization. The products available were not satisfying their needs. Drip7 addresses the growing issue of cybersecurity education. There is a 3-part perfect storm that is creating opportunity for criminals. 1. Cloud computing is here to stay and on the rise. 2. COVID-19 sent workers home with new routines and processes. 3. There are now more Millennials in the workforce than Baby Boomers.….”
Heather Stratford, published in Security Boulevard:
THE NEW WAVE OF CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS TRAINING – May 4, 2021
The only constant is change. The ongoing effects of COVID-19 have taught us that change is inevitable to survive. One major area that has been affected during COVID-19 is how we interact with employees, and what we need those employees to know right now. Cybersecurity is one of those critical areas of this new world that is at the core of every business’s struggle to stay alive and current. A new wave of training employees is now available—one that helps improve the knowledge and skills of regular employees that use gamification, microlearning and rewards rather than fear….
Heather Stratford, mentioned in Cybersecurity Dive:
CYBERSECURITY CAREERS: MAKESHIFT BEGINNINGS, TECHNICAL PURSUITS – April 29, 2021
While 58% of people seeking jobs in cybersecurity are looking to transition out of IT, 42% are coming from an unrelated field, according to the survey, released Wednesday. Motivation for joining the cybersecurity workforce is relatively equal: problem solving, fulfilling interests, and opportunity for career advancement.
“It’s a difficult industry, because it’s technical, people don’t know about it, and they’re scared of it,” said Heather….
Heather Stratford, published in Yahoo! Finance, WFMZ-TV:
STRENGTHENING WEAKEST LINK: HEALTHCARE CYBERSECURITY STARTS, ENDS WITH EMPLOYEES – April 19, 2021
As healthcare organizations look for ways to cut costs, improve efficiency, centralize data, and boost employee productivity, many turn to cloud-based computing services. According to some estimates, more than 83% of healthcare organizations use some form of cloud platform, and while these services do benefit employers, they also leave them vulnerable to cyberattacks.(1) In 2020, the number of healthcare cyberattacks doubled, with ransomware attacks accounting for 28% of all attacks.(2) As a result, patients and healthcare providers faced significant challenges, like inaccessible medical records….
Heather Stratford, interviewed in Authority Magazine:
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO CREATE A VERY SUCCESSFUL TECH COMPANY – April 16, 2021
What would you advise to another tech leader who initially went through years of successive growth, but has now reached a standstill. From your experience do you have any general advice about how to boost growth or sales and “restart their engines”?
Understand the difference between want and need. There are things that need to be done and things you want to be done. Balance your home, physical, and work life. Being centered is critical to being sharp and able to handle many situations….
Heather Stratford, interviewed on Disaster Zone:
A NEW APPROACH TO CYBERSECURITY TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES – April 13, 2021
In the podcast we talk about the cybersecurity threats and different approaches being used to counter those threats. Cybersecurity training is one of those and it has become something employees must accomplish as part of organizational standards. There are many mistakes that companies and governments make in their approaches to this training. Heather Stratford, CEO for Drip7 is the Disaster Zone guest. She suggests new methods for cybersecurity training. Micro-learning and the gamification of the training are two breakthrough concepts they offer. Heather was an engaging guest who knows the business of cybersecurity inside and out. ….
Heather Stratford, mentioned in various publications:
THE WORLD CHANGED — CYBERSECURITY MUST CATCH UP WITH RADICAL NEW TRAINING – February 23, 2021
The cost of a data breach, in terms of revenue, reputation, legal exposure, and operational disruption, can be devastating; 60% of small-and medium-sized businesses close within six months of experiencing a cyberattack.(1) Meanwhile, the problem is growing rapidly especially because of changes due to COVID-19; global cybercrime costs are expected to reach $10.5 trillion by 2025, up from $3 trillion in 2015, reported by Cybercrime Magazine.(2) “Cybercrime is a global problem,” says Drip7 founder and CEO Heather Stratford, “but in every organization, there is a very local potential solution: a vigilant, engaged, and properly trained workforce.” ….
Heather Stratford, quoted in Government Technology:
GAMIFICATION OF CYBERSECURITY TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES – February 16, 2021
When you look at your cybersecurity threat profile, it is likely that your employees are your greatest vulnerability. An “errant click” can let the bad guys into your system and then you are doling out dollars via a ransomware attack that has your data or system locked down.
You can have Red Teams probing your network and your staff, but what you really want is to be protected from the attacks to begin with. See the news release below. I think the idea is right on the mark. One of my personal quotes is, “repetition is the mother of remembering,” so you can’t just have a single annual training event for employees. They just won’t remember all the steps that they need to be thinking about to protect your network and information.
Heather Stratford, published in Security Magazine:
A HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD SECRET IS KEY TO FIGHTING CYBERATTACKS – January 15, 2021
Every minute, three new phishing sites pop up on the internet, according to Wandera’s 2020 Mobile Threat Landscape Report. Due to the pandemic and working from home, phishing is resurging as a criminal’s go-to tool. In April 2020, Google blocked over 18 million phishing attempts each day for a week. That’s over 126 million phishing attempts in one week. And with almost all malware (94%) being delivered by email, making sure employees are cyberaware and well trained must be a top priority to chief information security officers (CISOs) and chief security officers (CSOs). Rethink how employees are being trained….
Heather Stratford, published in HR.com:
YOUR CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS TRAINING DOESN’T WORK – January 5, 2021
Technological shifts and Covid-19 restrictions have pushed the workforce to new levels of remote work as well as new collaboration platforms. The training industry must adjust to these changes and the needs of a rapidly evolving workforce —one that is younger, more mobile, more diverse, and increasingly more connected. In 2020, cybersecurity attacks grew exponentially. Employee training must catch up with these shifts and increasing cyber-attacks.
Human Resource professionals need to be aware that these new shifts require more focus on cybersecurity, cybersecurity education….
Heather Stratford, published in Security Info Watch:
HACKERS GO PHISHING FOR REMOTE WORKERS DURING PANDEMIC – December 30, 2020
The shift to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a 300% increase in cybercrime. Wandera’s 2020 Mobile Threat Landscape Report stated that every three minutes new phishing sites pop up. And in April of this year, 18 million phishing attempts were blocked by Google each day for a week. Cybercriminals are enjoying the dispersed work environment and making good use of the chaos, curiosity, and uncertainty. Without the structures of the work environment, employees are relaxing their diligence in cybersecurity awareness and criminals are taking advantage of it….
Heather Stratford, published in Thrive Global:
BACKUPS LET YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT – December 20, 2020
As a part of my series about “5 Things You Need To Know To Optimize Your Company’s Approach to Data Privacy and Cybersecurity”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Heather Stratford, MBA, founder and CEO of Stronger International, Inc. a global cybersecurity firm focused on education and consulting. Heather is a thought leader in the cybersecurity field, keynoting at conferences and universities, and is a champion for attracting more women into technology and cybersecurity. Heather has spoken and written for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and the 2018 G7 summit, to name a few. Heather is a national Tory Burch Foundation Fellow…..
Heather Stratford, quoted by Natasha Nellis in Spokane Journal of Business:
TECH INDUSTRY JUMPS AHEAD A DECADE, OBSERVERS SAY – December 17, 2020
…Heather Stratford, CEO and founder of Spokane-based Stronger International Inc., says, “These are all trends that the technology industry saw coming. They all knew we are going to have more remote working. We already are poised to have more cybersecurity risks as everybody shifts to the cloud.”
One big push moving forward will be education and skills development within companies, a necessary adaptation companies will need to make as more workers continue to work remotely, Stratford says. In-migration from tech hubs.….
Heather Stratford, published in Help Net Security:
WHY MICROLEARNING IS THE KEY TO CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION –December 1, 2020
Cyber attacks are on the rise during this year of uncertainty and chaos. Increased working from home, online shopping, and use of social platforms to stay connected and sane during this year have provided criminals with many attack avenues to exploit.
To mitigate the threat to their networks, systems and assets, many organizations perform some type of annual cybersecurity awareness education, as well as phishing simulations. Unfortunately, attackers are quick to adapt to changes while employees’ behavior changes slowly. Without a dramatic shift in how we educate employees about cybersecurity…..
Heather Stratford, published in Training Industry:
OUTMODED TRAINING METHODS IN CYBERSECURITY FUEL INCREASED CYBERATTACKS – November 13, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic unleashed cybercriminal activity and created a surge in cyber attacks. With so many employees working remotely and with so many new processes and so much uncertainty, nefarious actors continue to take advantage of the chaos. Cybersecurity awareness training is no longer reserved for financial institutions or hospitals. All organizations need it in order to prevent successful attacks — because if a business has money transactions, it is a target for criminals. Yet, cybersecurity training has not evolved to meet the current needs of an ever-changing workforce and its new work conditions….
Heather Stratford, published in HR Tech Series:
OUTMODED TRAINING METHODS FUELING EVER-INCREASING CYBERATTACKS – October 5, 2020
Heather Stratford, CEO of cybersecurity firm Stronger International, notes that 2020 has been a good year for cybercriminals. Recent studies show a 238% increase in cyberattacks against banks(1) and a 667% increase in phishing schemes.(2) On the ransomware front, there has been a sevenfold increase in attacks(3), and the average ransomware payment has increased by a third, to $111,605.(4) Meanwhile, business leaders agree that the single largest cybersecurity risk….